how to lighten your hair with naturally with honey!!
How to Lighten Hair Naturally With Honey
Using dye or bleach to go a few shades lighter can dry out your hair. Honey, on the other hand, has been known for centuries to restore hair's natural moisture and balance while also serving as a lightener. Learn how to lighten your hair with honey and use honey as a conditioner to maintain your lighter look.
Honey Lightening Treatment
Make the lightening mixture.Since honey is so sticky, it helps to add some water to loosen it up and make it easier to apply to your hair. Mix four parts honey and one part water or apple cider vinegar (which acts as a conditioner) in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
- If you want a more drastic change, you can add a few capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture. This reacts with your hair to bleach it several shades lighter. Don't use peroxide if your hair is black or very dark brown, or it may come out orange.
- For a reddish-blonde hue, add some henna powder, cinnamon or ground coffee to the mixture.Adding hibiscus petals will add a strawberry blonde hue.
Let the mixture sit out for about 30-60 minutes.
Apply the honey mixture to your hair.Drape a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes, then pour the honey mixture over your head in small doses and use your fingers to massage it in. Continue pouring honey onto your hair and working it in until all of your hair is completely covered in honey.
- You might want to cover your bathroom floor with a towel or washcloth to protect it from drips, since sticky honey can be annoying to clean up.
- If you added a reddening powder to the honey, don't wear clothes or use towels that might stain red.
Cover your hair with plastic and let the honey sit.Use a shower cap or a few sheets of plastic wrap to cover your hair. Let the honey sit in your hair for at least 2 hours to achieve a lighter look.
- If you have long hair that's hard to keep up under the plastic, twist your hair into clips to pin it up while the honey treatment is working, then put the plastic over your clipped up hair.
- Do not use metal clips if you've added hydrogen peroxide to the honey mixture.
- There's no need to use a blow dryer to apply heat. The honey works well at room temperature.
Keep the honey in your hair overnight for much lighter results.The honey will also act as a deep conditioning treatment if you leave it in for that long. Make sure you sleep wearing a shower cap, and put a towel over your pillow.
- Do not keep the honey in overnight if you've added hydrogen peroxide to the mixture.
Wash the honey out of your hair.Rinse it out with warm water, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Pat your hair dry with a towel and either let it air dry or blow it out. Your hair will now be honey-colored.
Honey Maintenance Conditioner
Mix 1/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup conditioner.You can use any conditioner you like, as long as its scent mixes well with honey. Stir the conditioner and honey in a bowl until they are thoroughly combined.
- Store extra conditioner in an old conditioner bottle for later use.
- Use the same ratio of honey to conditioner to make a larger batch.
Use the conditioner after every shampoo.After you shampoo your hair, use the honey conditioner just as you would your normal conditioner. Distribute a small amount through your hair and rinse it out when you're finished.
- Leave the conditioner in your hair for 5-10 minutes while you finish your.
- This method is great for refreshing hair that was previously lightened!
Use less honey conditioner if your hair feels sticky.If your hair regularly feels sticky after rinsing, increase the amount of regular conditioner and decrease the amount of honey you use. Make sure to rinse thoroughly before exiting the shower.
QuestionHow many times should I use the Honey Conditioner?
Licensed CosmetologistLicensed CosmetologistExpert AnswerYou should use the honey conditioner as often as needed. It provides a greater lightening effect.Thanks!
QuestionDoes shampoo that contains honey lighten hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. When you shampoo, you just wash and rinse. You have to leave it on so the honey can do its thing and really lighten your hair.Thanks!
QuestionHow long does it take to lighten hair with honey?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt would take at least two hours. However, if you want it lighter, leave it in for more than two hours or even overnight.Thanks!
QuestionCan I cover my hair with a towel in the first method?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but be sure to use plastic shower cap or a plastic bag underneath first, or the towel will absorb some of the mixture.Thanks!
QuestionWill this turn my hair red?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on your natural hair color. For example, if you have dark brown hair, honey will only turn it lighter. If you have black hair, the honey might turn it more coppery.Thanks!
QuestionCan honey change black hair to white or blond?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Honey will only lighten your hair to brown or copper. If you'd like to lighten your hair that much, consider getting it professionally bleached, and then using a toner to remove the brassy undertones. Keep in mind that bleaching is very damaging to hair.Thanks!
QuestionAre there other ways to lighten hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionCan I add conditioner to the honey liquid?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you may add conditioner to the honey.Thanks!
QuestionIf I add lemon to this mixture, how long should I leave it on?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs long as you like, depending on previous colour history. On undyed hair, you can leave it in for 5-6 hours.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are reasons the honey isn't lightening my hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe honey might not be a strong enough solution for your hair type. If your hair is thick, very dark or graying, add some hydrogen peroxide to the mixture. The apple cider vinegar will keep the peroxide from damaging your hair.Thanks!
Can you do the first treatment 4 days in a row is would that be damaging? Would it also be more effective?
Is the honey (first method) hard to wash out? Does is stick to your hair/make it clumpy?
Will this method work if I only have one hour?
How many times can you do this method to get to your color
- If you don't have a shower cap you can use a plastic grocery bag and tie it around your head, it's not the most attractive look, but it works well!
- Adding some lemon juice to the mixture can shorten the time it takes to see big changes.
- Adding cinnamon will give your hair a reddish tint, and lemon juice will give your hair a lighter color faster.
- Honey will not damage your hair like peroxide and bleach but it will take longer to lighten when bleach takes one time honey takes about 10-15 applications.
- Multiple applications are required before results are evident, but this all-natural remedy is safe for multiple applications, unlike bleaches or dyes.
- Make sure you wash the honey out thoroughly.
- If you don't want to use a towel on the floor and get it all sticky you can use an unfolded trash bag and drape it on the area you are using.
- You can also add Vitamin C to the mixture to help the process go more quickly.
- Honey works best with brown or blonde hair.
- The longer you leave the honey in your hair, the lighter it will become.
- For people with dark hair, it may take some time to get the desired look but as long as you've got the time then you're good to go.
- Don't use lemon juice if you're a brunette because it will turn it orange. (Unless that is what you want, then by all means.)
Things You'll Need
Honey Lightening Treatment
Water or apple cider vinegar
Plastic shower cap or plastic wrap
Honey Maintenance Conditioner
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